Shay Given Visit and Book Signing
We are delighted to confirm that following the release of his eagerly awaited autobiography "Any Given Saturday", Ireland goalkeeping legend Shay Given is set to be our guest between 10am and noon on Saturday the 28th October at the Claddagh Ring, Church Road, Hendon NW4 4EA and all are welcome. The book, released today, will be available to purchase at the venue and Shay will be delighted to sign your copy. The Claddagh Ring will open at 9am and our host Finbar and his team will be delighted to cater for those in need of breakfast sustinence.
Members and Friends unable to attend Shay Given Book Signing
We have been asked by some members, unable to attend the Shay Given Event on Saturday the 28th October, if we might be able to obtain a signed copy of his book, which we are happy to do. Anyone wishing to make such purchase should contact our Club Treasurer Andre at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will process arrangements. We are happy to extend this offer of assistance to members of the general public.
Championship action on Sunday afternoon...22/10/2017
The East Anglian Championship 'Derby' contest between Ipswich Town and Norwich City took place at Portman Road this afternoon and saw the visitors secure the points with a one nil victory. The hosts included David McGoldrick in their starting eleven while Wes Hoolihan started for the victors.
Saturday evening in the Airtricity League...21/10/2017
A very windy Showgrounds hosted the crucial Airtricity League Premier Division contest between relegation threatened Sligo Rovers and fourth place Derry City this Saturday evening. The hosts secured a three nil victory which leaves their destiny in their own hands with just one match remaining. The result also condemns Finn Harps to relegation.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...21/10/2017
The Premier League continued on Saturday afternoon with the Irish quartet at Burnley. Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick who started and unused substitute Kevin Long making the short journey to Manchester City where they suffered a three nil defeat. Rob Elliot started for Newcastle United but Ciaran Clark was an unused substitute in their one nil victory over visitors Crystal Palace at St James Park while Harry Arter twas a late substitute for AFC Bournemouth who won by two goals to one at Stoke City. The late kick-off saw Southampton and Shane Long defeat visitors West Bromwich Albion with the only goal at St Mary's Stadium, where James McClean was an unused substitute.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...21/10/2017
The Aston Villa duo of Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane completed ninety minutes in their two one victory over visitors Fulham in the Championship on Saturday afternoon but Scott hogan was an unused substitute. Middlesbrough duo, Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie suffered a one nil defeat by visitors Cardiff City at the Riverside Stadium while Alan Browne was dismissed in the final minues of Preston North End's thre two defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers where Matt Doherty was again in action. Callum O'Dowda and his Bristol City colleagues went down to a surprise three nil defeat by visitors Leeds United who had Eunan O'Kane in midfield while John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady were in the Sunderland side which squandered a three one half time lead at Brentford who recovered to earn a draw.
U19 Women continue 2018 European Challenge...21/10/2017
Our U19 Women continued their 2018 European Championship qualifying Group Six campaign when they defeated Latvia by four goals to nil in Assen, Holland on Saturday morning. Mini-Tournament hosts Holland crushed Estonia by twelve goals to one in Harkema in the other Group contest later this afternoon.
Airtricity League Premier Division on Friday night...20/10/2017
With Cork City having secured the Airtricity League Premier Division Title on Tuesday night, the focus now turns to the battle to avoid relegation. With Drogheda United having already fallen through the trapdoor, two further slots remain to be filled. Finn Harps currently sit in the perilous eleventh position but their scheduled home match against doomed Drogheda United was postponed because of inclement weather conditions this Friday evening. Galway United moved out of the bottom three with a point from a two all draw with their hosts Limerick in the Markets Field. The eir Sport 2 cameras brought live coverage of the contest between far from safe St Patrick's Athletic and champions Cork City at Richmond Park, where the visitors took an early two goal lead before the hosts rallied to level matters before the break and score twice in the second half for victory. Second place Dundalk went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Bohemian in Oriel Park while Shamrock Rovers in third place made the short journey to face Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds and they also suffered a one nil defeat.
Friday evening in the Premier League...20/10/2017
Weekend injury victim Shane Duffy resumed training on Wednesday and was in the Brighton & Hove Albion side which cruised to a three nil victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium this Friday evening.
U19 Women commence 2018 European Challenge...18/10/2017
Our U19 Women kicked off their 2018 European Championship qualifying Group Six campaign with a three nil victory over Estonia in Harkema, Holland this Wednesday afternoon. A goal in the first minute from Saoirse Noonan set Ireland on their way and forty sixth minute substitute Carla McManus scored twice within fourteen minutes of her introduction to seal victory. Mini-Tournament hosts Holland crushed Latvia by twelve goals to nil in Assen in the other Group contest later this afternoon.
UCD in UEFA Youth League second leg action...18/10/2017
The UCD U19 side, our representatives in the UEFA Youth League, exited the competition this evening following a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat by their hosts Molde FK of Norway. The second leg of their first round contest ended in a two one defeat which meant the tie finished level at three goals each.
Cork City - Airtricity League Champions...17/10/2017
Cork City are the 2017 Airtricity League Premier Division Champions, following their scoreless draw with visitors Derry City in Turner's Cross this evening. Despite the damage wrought to the St Anne's end of the Derrynane Stand by Storm Ophelia, the title decider went ahead in front of the RTE 2 cameras and the 'Leesiders' eventually got over the line.
Ireland face Denmark in World Cup qualifying play-off...17/10/2017
That interminable wait for the play-off draw is over. Ireland will face Denmark to determine which country will spend the summer of 2018 in Cossack Country. The first leg in the play-off is set for the Parken Stadium, Copenhagen on Saturday the 11th November at 7.45pm (Irish time) with the second leg in the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday the 14th November at 7.45pm.
Monday evening in the Premier League...16/10/2017
James McClean, our goalscoring hero in Cardiff last week, was introduced for the final twelve minutes of action at the King Power Stadium this Monday evening as his club West Bromwich Albion earned a Premier League point from a one all draw with their hosts Leicester City.
U17s complete European Championship qualifying phase...16/10/2017
Our U17 side had already qualified for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship when they completed their Group Eleven campaign against fellow qualifiers Ukraine at the Stadium Ivaylo on Monday afternoon. Ukraine took the lead on fourteen minutes and held it to the interval but Ireland recovered to score three times during the second half for another excellent victory. Norwich City striker Adam Idah scored twice, bringing his tally in the the three group matches to seven, while Kevin O'Reilly scored the third.
Sunday afternoon action across the water...15/10/2017
There were two Premier League fixtures played on Sunday afternoon with Irish involvement in both. Monday night's defensive colossus Shane Duffy started for Brighton & Hove Albion but was forced off through injury on seventy three minutes of the one all draw with visitors Everton. Our U19 captain Jayson Molumby was an unused substitute for the hosts at the Amex Stadium. Monday night absentee Shane Long was in the Southampton starting eleven for the visit of Newcastle United for whom Rob Elliot started but rather surprisingly, Ciaran Clark was relegated to the substitute bench at St Marys Stadium. The match ended in a two all draw with Long winning the penalty kick which earned the 'Saints' a point. In the Championship, Derby County, with Richard Keogh in central defence, defeated Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Daryl Murphy by two goals to nil at Pride Park.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...14/10/2017
Following the international break, the Premier League resumed on Saturday afternoon with the contest between Burnley and West Ham United the only match with Irish involvement. Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick started, with Kevin Long on the bench, for the 'Clarets' as they scored a very late equaliser to draw one each with the 'Hammers' who played the final hour with ten men at Turf Moor.
Championship action continues on Saturday afternoon...14/10/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Middlesbrough duo, Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie in the side which drew two each at Barnsley. The Preston North End duo of Alan Browne and Sean Maguire started their two all draw at Fulham with Maguire scoring before being forced off through injury after just thirty minutes. Eunan O'Kane was in the Leeds United side which went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Reading for whom Liam Kelly was a late substitute. Wes Hoolihan was also a late substitute for Norwich City who drew one each with visitors Hull City for whom David Meyler was dismissed after fifty seven minutes following his second yellow card. Aiden McGeady scored the equaliser for Sunderland who also had John O'Shea in their starting eleven for the visit of QPR and Ryan Manning. The late kick-off saw Matt Doherty in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their two nil victory over Aston Villa for whom Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane started, while Scott Hogan was introduced from the substitute bench on sixty four minutes at Molineaux.